Boston v. Barr et al
ORDER directing Clerk not to authorize service. Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the U.S.A. in the amount of $350.00. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kaymani D West on 6/30/2015. (mcot, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Jason Thomas Boston,
Solicitor Kimberly Barr;
Officer Juan Ballard,
C/A No. 4:15-cv-01723-MGL-KDW
This is a civil action filed by a state prisoner. Therefore, in the event that a limitations
issue arises, Plaintiff shall have the benefit of the holding in Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266
(1988) (prisoner’s pleading was filed at the moment of delivery to prison authorities for
forwarding to district court). Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.), pretrial proceedings in
this action have been referred to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge.
By Order dated May 5, 2015, Plaintiff was given a specific time frame in which to bring
this case into proper form. Plaintiff has substantially complied with the court’s Order, and this
case is now in proper form.
PAYMENT OF THE FILING FEE:
By filing this case, Plaintiff has incurred a debt to the United States of America in the
amount of $350.* See 28 U.S.C. § 1914. This debt is not dischargeable in the event Plaintiff seeks
relief under the bankruptcy provisions of the United States Code. See 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(17). The
Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) of 1996 permits a prisoner to file a civil action without
prepayment of fees or security, but requires the prisoner “to pay the full amount of the filing fee”
as funds are available. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), (b). Because the court hereafter grants Plaintiff
permission to proceed in forma pauperis, the agency having custody of Plaintiff shall collect
payments from Plaintiff’s prisoner trust account in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)
and (2), until the full $350 filing fee is paid. See Torres v. O’Quinn, 612 F.3d 237, 252 (4th Cir.
2010) (“We hold that 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2) caps the amount of funds that may be withdrawn
from an inmate’s trust account at a maximum of twenty percent regardless of the number of cases
or appeals the inmate has filed.”) (emphasis in original).
Effective May 1, 2013, an administrative fee of $50 is added to the filing fee of $350.
The $50 administrative fee, however, is not applicable to in forma pauperis cases.
Plaintiff submitted an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit
(Form AO 240) and a Financial Certificate, which are construed as a Motion for Leave to Proceed
in forma pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1), (2). A review of the Motion reveals that Plaintiff
does not have the funds to pay the first installment of the filing fee. Therefore, the amount due
from Plaintiff is currently $350.
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis is granted.
TO THE CLERK OF COURT:
This case is subject to summary dismissal based on an initial screening conducted
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Therefore, the Clerk of Court shall not
issue any summonses nor shall the Clerk of Court forward this matter to the United States
Marshal for service of process at this time.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
June 30, 2015
Florence, South Carolina
Kaymani D. West
United States Magistrate Judge
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